The Classics Spin: #10 In Your Programs, #1 In Your Hearts

CM Capture 1Since The Book-A-Week Project is meant, in a sense, to recapture the fun of my early blogging days, it only made sense to bring back one of my favorite blogging prompts: The Classics Spin.

For the few of you who are unaware, the Classics Spin is a semi-annual event in which The Classics Club asks bloggers to pick 20 classic novels from their list (you can find mine here), and then the Club will pick a number at random. It’s the blogger’s job to then read the book on their list that corresponds to the number the club picked. Got it?

[Edit, Aug. 24: I’ve highlighted my Spin pick in the list below.]

Here it is again:

  • List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club shelf.
Number them from 1 to 20.
  • On August 24th, the Classics Club will announce a number.
  • This is the book you need to read before October 23rd (for my purposes, by Week 9).

Here is my Spin List (in random order thanks to

  1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  2. Miss Julie by August Strindberg (1888)
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)
  4. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (1955)
  5. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (1995)     <—- Winner!
  6. The Princess Bride be William Goldman (1973)
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
  8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)
  9. The Stand by Stephen King (1978)
  10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1602)
  11. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (1996)
  12. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2004)
  13. The World According to Garp by John Irving (1976)
  14. Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (2005)
  15. The Once and Future King by T. H. White (1958)
  16. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault (1969)
  17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
  18. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)
  19. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  20. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

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